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Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds: Financials Sector

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The Financials sector ranks tenth out of the ten sectors as detailed in my Sector Rankings for ETFs and Mutual Funds report. It gets my Very Dangerous rating, which is based on aggregation of ratings of 46 ETFs and 227 mutual funds in the Financials sector as of January 30, 2013.

Rating Breakdown: Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds by Sector

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This report focuses on my top picks and pans for all sector funds. I will follow this summary with a detailed report on each sector.

Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds: Financials Sector

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The Financials sector ranks last out of the ten sectors as detailed in my sector roadmap. It is the only sector to earn my Very Dangerous rating, which is based on aggregation of ratings of 47 ETFs and 222 mutual funds in the Financials sector as of July 13, 2012.

ETF Shoppers: Accounting Trickery At Its Worst In Financial Sector

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There are 25 financial sector ETFs. Per Figure 1, these 25 ETFs have drastically different stock holdings and, therefore, allocations. The lowest number of holdings is 24 while the highest is 496.
For starters, investors interested in the financial sector cannot expect many good investment options given that the sector gets my “dangerous” rating and ranks ninth out of the ten sectors that make up the economy. Details are in our sector roadmap report.

Don’t Gamble In Financial Sector ETFs

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The financial sector is one of four sectors to earn our “dangerous” rating and is the worst-ranked sector in the our 3Q11 Sector Roadmap report according to my methodology at New Constructs.